60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary builder

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Cape Town
— 8 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 6 nights
Drive
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St Lucia
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 5 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 7 nights

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Cape Town

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary builder site.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 8:

Oudtshoorn

— 5 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Redberry Farm (in George), Dolphin Point Lookout (in Wilderness) and De Rust (De Rust Horseriding - Klein Karoo Horse Adventures & Meiringspoort). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

Plettenberg Bay

— 5 nights
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail), Storms River (Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey & Bitou Art Gallery) and Garden Route National Park (in Knysna). The adventure continues: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, surround yourself with nature on Secrets of Knysna Forest, and stop by La Carla Mask Atelier.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay travel route app.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Port Elizabeth

— 6 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). Spend the 19th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth visit planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

Durban

— 6 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to KwaZulu-Natal Museum (in Pietermaritzburg), Aliwal Shoal Adventures (in Umkomaas) and Ballito (Holla Trails & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, cool off at uShaka Marine World, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, and look for gifts at The Puzzle Place.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Durban planning site.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Port Elizabeth in August; daily highs in Durban reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

St Lucia

— 4 nights
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hluhluwe Game Reserve (Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area & Emdoneni Cheetah project). Spend the 1st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll around iSimangaliso Wetland Park, stroll through Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and kick back and relax at Bhangazi Horse Safaris.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the St Lucia visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Durban to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

Kruger National Park

— 7 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit--about 50 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, admire the engineering at Klaserie Dam, and indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kruger National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from St Lucia to Kruger National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 10:

Hoedspruit

— 6 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Safaris, Amarula Lapa, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

Hazyview

— 5 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Safaris, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, &more) and Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Katundo Leather Pty Ltd.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hazyview trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hazyview are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Johannesburg

— 7 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, and learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip site.

You can fly from Hazyview to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in September, Johannesburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.